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The Supreme Court’s judgement in the Zakia Jafri case overturns the principle of the Right to life and liberty against questionable actions by the state, a group of 92 former civil servants said on Wednesday.

They issued a statement on the case under the banner of the Constitutional Conduct Group.

Zakia Jafri is the wife of former Congress MP Ehsan Jafri, who was among 69 persons killed when a mob went on a rampage at the Gulberg Society in Ahmedabad on February 28, 2022. She and activist Teesta Setalvad had challenged a Special Investigation Team report on the 2002 Gujarat riots that had cleared Narendra Modi, who was then the chief minister of the state.

The Supreme Court dismissed the petition on June 24, saying that the petition had been filed “to keep the pot boiling for ulterior design”.

A day later, Setalvad and Gujarat’s former Director General of Police RB Sreekumar were arrested for allegedly committing forgery and fabricating evidence in a case related to the 2002 Gujarat riots. Former Indian Police Service officer Sanjiv Bhatt, who is serving life imprisonment in a 1990 custodial death case, was also named in the case.

The group of retired civil servants said on Wednesday said that the implications of the Supreme Court judgement were extremely serious.

“The court…

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Abdul Gh Lone